Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents
Hayward Gallery, 2006 - 271 pagina's
In the Paris art world of the 1920s, Georges Bataille and his journal DOCUMENTS represented a dissident branch of surrealism. Bataille—poet, philosopher, writer, and self-styled "enemy within" surrealism—used DOCUMENTS to put art into violent confrontation with popular culture, ethnography, film, and archaeology. Undercover Surrealism, taking the visual richness of DOCUMENTS as its starting point, recovers the explosive and vital intellectual context of works by Picasso, Dali, Miro, Giacometti, and others in 1920s Paris. Featuring 180 color images and translations of original texts from DOCUMENTS accompanied by essays and shorter descriptive texts, Undercover Surrealism recreates and recontextualizes Bataille's still unsettling approach to culture. Putting Picasso's Three Dancers back into its original context of sex, sacrifice, and violence, for example, then juxtaposing it with images of gang wars, tribal masks, voodoo ritual, Hollywood musicals, and jazz, makes the urgency and excitement of Bataille's radical ideas startlingly vivid to a twenty-first-century reader.
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Thus he sweeps away the patronising nostalgia of displays that linked African,
Oceanic or American sculpture with the distant past of classical antiquity together
with the aesthetic enjoyment of the amateur and the formalist appreciation of the
... it was not a matter of trying to redefine the notion of the 'aura' of a work of art,
once conferred on it by its religious status, but of exploring instincts, desires and
urges which could be invested in any object, including painting and sculpture.
A Spread from DOCUMENTS, J, 1930 B Mure Vaux, I2ptiatz Sculptures, n.d..
Woman Seated [cat. 141c) C Jacques Lipchitz, Standing Figure, 1916 (cat. 95) D
Jaeques I jpehhz. Sculpture, 1915 (cat. 94) E Marc Vaux, Upchitz Sculptures, n.d.
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Art historian Ades, the author of several books on Surrealism and Dadaism, and Baker (art history, Univ. of Nottingham), a member of the editorial group of theOxford Art Journal , here tell the story ... Volledige review lezen
DOCTRINES The Appearance of Things Simon Baker
ARCHAEOLOGY CFB Miller
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